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Chitchat 3rd Indian President and 2nd Indian President to receive a walkover

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by scroobal, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. scroobal

    scroobal Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Here are some facts with Halimah Yacob becoming the next President of Singapore.

    1. She becomes the 8th President of the Island Republic

    2. She becomes the 3rd Indian President of the country

    3. She becomes the 2nd Indian President after SR Nathan to receive a walkover where opposing candidates were deemed ineligible.

    4. Singapore has had 4 Presidents who were appointed by Parliament

    5. 4 Presidents would have served under the Elected Presidency model and only 2 had to contest the elections and they were both Chinese.

    6. 2 other Presidents who received walkovers under the EP model are both Indians

    7. She becomes the 1st women President of Singapore.

    8. The first gentleman is also the first spouse whose background is shrouded in mystery.

    9. She becomes the 4rd President who was formerly a PAP MP

    10.She is the 4th President to come from NTUC

    11. She becomes 5th President asked to run by the PAP Government following in the path of Devan Nair, Ong Teng Cheong, SR Nathan and Tony Tan.

    12. She is the 1st President that has arguably become the single most divisive and the most controversial figure to take the Office of the President.
     
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  2. Thick Face Black Heart

    Thick Face Black Heart Alfrescian (InfP) Old Timer

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    The EP and the country as a whole has been turned into a joke. They should have just given the appointed President the 2nd key without converting to EP.

    60 years later and the powers are still playing the race card.
     
  3. Charlie99

    Charlie99 Alfrescian (Inf)

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    "The first gentleman is also the first spouse whose background is shrouded in mystery."

    Any further explanation?
     
  4. borom

    borom Alfrescian (Inf)

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    How come an Indian can "win" an Election reserved for Malays?
    You sure its not a typo error?
     
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  5. gatehousethetinkertailor

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    Sudhir's article came out before the walkover announcement but some key observations:

    This cuts to the core of why Singaporeans are upset. We have been sold on meritocracy and fairness our whole lives. And now, to fulfil a political agenda, those two core values have been eroded.

    There is a second way to look at this: by examining diversity in leadership. With the reserved presidency, the PAP is painting itself out to be some champion of minorities. But does the PAP really care about minority representation at the top? No.

    Look at the candidates slated to be our next prime minister. All six original choices are: Chinese. Male. Former government scholars. How’s that for diversity?

    To undermine the party’s argument even further, there is a possible minority candidate whom the majority of Singapore would probably prefer: Tharman. He checks all three boxes: merit, popularity and diversity quotient.

    If we are to take the PAP at face value, voters are supposed to believe that Singapore cannot have a minority Prime Minister, because of race, but must have a minority President, because of race.

    It is an intellectually disingenuous position. Not even Frank Underwood would pull a stunt like that.

    "Now we know how stupid they think we are
    Singaporeans have always known that our politicians live in an elite bubble, and consider themselves superior beings. This is not about individual failings; they are all products of a system that has told them from Day One that they are better.

    Now, with this reserved presidency, we have irrefutable proof about just how stupid they think we are. Everything above should prove the point, but I would like to highlight one last thing.

    In February this year, Chan Chun Sing, potential next prime minister, stood up in parliament and called Halimah Yacob “Madam President” (video at the bottom). iWas it a slip? Maybe. But he did it not once but twice, laughing along with his fellow PAP politicians, having a ball of a time, delighting themselves in their own megalomaniac conceit.

    We should think about this carefully and clearly. It is no laughing matter. A full seven months before the election, Halimah’s colleagues were already calling it in her favour. They made a blatant mockery of our democratic process.


    Imagine that your Fifa ’17 hosts have declared the tournament winner seven months ahead of time. After doing so, they invite other contestants to participate as part of the wayang. It’s farcical.

    Halimah is not innocent. She claims she only recently decided to run for president. If that is true, Halimah, then why were your colleagues calling you “Madam President” in February?


    Don’t get me wrong. I love a bit of humour in parliament. Some of my favourite YouTube clips are of Cameron and Corbyn taking digs at each other.

    But Chun Sing—when your joke is essentially about how you are planning to subvert democracy; about how you are taking away our rights as citizens; about how this entire PE is a sham.

    I’m sorry. That’s like taking our hard-earned tax dollars—which pays your salary—and then slapping us around. On national television.

    It’s not something we can easily forget."

    "Of course, Singaporeans are used to authoritarianism—or, rather, illiberal democracy. Given the malaise in governance in many liberal democracies today, many make good arguments for it. We certainly do not expect this government to be some poster child for liberalism.

    However, at the very least, we expect efficient authoritarianism that binds society together—not messy authoritarianism that cleaves us apart.

    Insiders have told me this reserved election is largely Hsien Loong’s idea. If that is true, what really inspired it? Was it just #tanchengblock? Probably not. Perhaps he really does see the value of having a Malay Muslim president at this point in Singapore’s development."

    "Of course, nobody believes Hsien Loong intended to sow ethnic discord between the races here. But he has unwittingly done so."

    "When the next GE comes around, Halimah will (most likely) be our president. There will be nowhere for the PAP to hide from one of its greatest ever mistakes, of undermining democracy and meritocracy in such a foolish way."



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  6. gatehousethetinkertailor

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    Outside Singapore people are offered a Hobson's choice. Inside Singapore we are given a Leeson choice. Is it leesonable?
     
  9. Hangover

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    But they set the rules - told me to choose a melayu and give me an indian muslim.
    Follow their own rules liao still wanna kelong.

    Imagine we are sending this macik to represent Singapore as the Head of State on international stage.
    Bo standard right?
     
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  10. bobby

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    Our meritocracy in action.....
     
  11. Hangover

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    I can't wait to see which spineless local clan or business federation or foreign dignitaries will rush in their congratulatory notes.
     
  12. Hangover

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    Malay not Malay
    CEO of a $500m company not CEO of a $500m company
    Elected President but not Elected President

    but

    Collect $1.5m...lppl
     
  14. tanwahtiu

    tanwahtiu Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Pinky has caused more embarassments to his siblings.
    How can his siblings tahan him 。

    吃不消 不知死的大哥。

    人有脸 树有皮
     
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  15. gatehousethetinkertailor

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    This must be a historic first - BK quoting the Mufti and championing the national language!:

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    tanwahtiu Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Indian rules....

    This prove Indians are great con men.

    Even indian women are good con woman..
     
  17. steffychun

    steffychun Alfrescian Old Timer

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    she's a short fart. Cannot imagine here during passing out parade or NDP.
     
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    [video=youtube;nHv2lsaA4v0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHv2lsaA4v0[/video]
     

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